The Real World ... Blogger Style: Roger

Saturday, September 01, 2007


Yesterday evening, I received an email from JohnnyC informing me that he received a mysterious phonecall from a number listed in Irvine, CA. Since Irvine is local to me, he requested I call the number to see who it was.

Irvine has a lot of companies, and I initially thought JohnnyC's number may have found itself on a telemarketing list. But the truth of the matter is even more anticlimactic than that. It was just a guy named Roger.

I should have thought this out a little bit before calling, maybe thought of something clever to say, but I was preoccupied when I made the call. I wrote the number down on a post-it note which I stuck to my checkbook. I didn't have to work today, but was offered $150.00 if I helped my previous employer catch up on some orders, so I opted to moonlight for a little extra walking-around money. Anyway, I was going to deposit today's check in the bank when I recalled the post-it note and I called the number from my cell phone during my drive to the bank.

It seems to be a residential number. It definitely wasn't a business. They let me go at 4:00, so a business would still be open. It rang about 4 or 5 times before it was answered by a lively sounding male who spoke in a cheerful informal manner.

Roger: "Hi. Roger here."
RLB: "Oh"!
Roger: [awkward pause]
RLB: "OK. I have to go. Bye".

Like I said, I should've thought of something clever to say before calling, but I was kind of preoccupied at the time.

Post clever telephone call suggestions in the comments. After choosing a winner, I will make a second call to Roger from a pay phone and I'll use the winning comment then transcribe the full conversation in a post.